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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island raises 20G for Wounded Warriors

Published: Monday, August 06, 2012, 1:45 AM     by John Anese

The rainstorm that barreled in from left field might have been a mercy in disguise for this rag-tag team of softball "All Stars."

But even though a brief torrential downpour washed out Sunday night's benefit softball game between Oddo's All Stars and the Wounded Warriors at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, both sides ended up winners -- the game raised more than $20,000, organizers said.

"The whole point of this was to raise some money, also to go out there and have some fun," said City Councilman Jimmy (Mr. Tranquility) Oddo, who headed up the squad of elected officials, business leaders and Island luminaries.

August 7, 2012

IN THE NEWS - STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE: Staten Island pols cheer D.C. probe of toll hikes

Published: Friday, July 20, 2012, 1:00 AM by Tom Wrobleski

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  --- Staten Island officials who have slammed draconian toll hikes are applauding a new federal probe of toll increases on Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bridges and other spans in the region.

The federal Government Accountability Office said is it has begun investigating toll increases on bridges in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

GAO spokesman Ned Griffith said the agency is looking into whether bi-state transportation authorities are accountable.

The authorities, including the Port Authority, were created by compacts approved by Congress.

July 20, 2012

IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Officials tout prescription-tracking I-STOP as key to combating Rx abuse on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Just about every two weeks, according to state Sen. Andrew Lanza, someone dies on Staten Island of a prescription drug overdose.

Lanza met today with State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, and City Councilwoman Debi Rose to update Islanders on legislation they say will be a national model for fighting prescription drug abuse.

July 17, 2012

For Cusick and Lanza, it's policy, not politics on Staten Island

Published: Sunday, July 01, 2012, 6:36 AM     Updated: Sunday, July 01, 2012, 11:42 AM
By Judy Randall


Three men in a room?

Not if they can help it.

"They" are Republican state Sen. Andrew Lanza and Democratic Assemblyman Michael Cusick who, in the past six months, forged a bi-partisan tag team to win success on three big-ticket Staten Island-specific issues that benefit borough residents, and in some cases folks city- and statewide.


July 2, 2012

IN THE NEWS: Staten Island lawmakers are to be applauded for cutting-edge Rx drug legislation

Letters to the Editor/Staten Island Advance Staten Island Advance

            Congratulations to Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Sen. Andrew Lanza for their leadership in sponsoring the I-STOP legislation, which will allow for more informed prescription practices for physicians and pharmacists. 

June 29, 2012

New program to help Staten Islanders find lost pets

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, the ASPCA, and Animal Care & Control of NYC have joined forces to create a new lost-and-found program to promote the return lost dogs and cats to their owners.

The pilot program will launch Monday, just in time for the Fourth of July -- a holiday traditionally marked by a spike in lost pets, thanks in part to the number of frightened pets who run off during fireworks displays.

If your pet is lost or if you find a pet, you should report it on AC&C's website at Then the process begins with volunteers providing searches and more in-depth efforts to locate owners.

June 29, 2012

IN THE NEWS: Fine points of Port Authority toll plan reveal a better deal for Staten Island drivers

Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:02 AM

By Judy L. Randall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The good news just got better.

The two state lawmakers here who worked with the Cuomo administration to craft the residential toll discount plan for P.A. bridges today shed additional light on the savings Staten Island drivers can expect.

June 26, 2012
June 25, 2012

IN THE NEWS: State lawmakers applaud productive Albany session

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 7:59 AM     Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 8:00 AM by Judy Randall

June 25, 2012

IN THE NEWS - STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE: Staten Island's Cusick and Lanza hail prescription drug registry legislation

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- With prescription drug abuse carving an ever-widening and deadly swath through communities across the country, including Staten Island, top state lawmakers today announced agreement on groundbreaking legislation, pushed by two borough lawmakers, aimed at eradicating the scourge.

The legislation, spearheaded by Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) and state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), creates a Prescription Monitoring Program registry, to be known as the PNP, that doctors would have to consult before issuing a prescription for controlled substances such as oxycodone.

Pharmacists would also have to report it to the registry each time they dispense such drugs.

June 6, 2012

IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance - New Cuomo program benefits three Staten Island companies

Published: Monday, April 30, 2012, 5:44 AM     by Judy Randall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Three Staten Island companies will be the beneficiaries of reduced power costs under a new Cuomo administration program aimed at lowering the price of doing business and retaining jobs in the Empire State.

Pratt Industries, the New York Container Terminal and Staten Island University Hospital were tapped after input from local lawmakers and an application process established to apportion state financial incentives and resources to spur economic development under the ReCharge New York program.

Statewide, 517 businesses and not-for-profits were awarded lower-cost power allocations.

May 1, 2012

IN THE NEWS: Staten Island to get new section of bike path in New Dorp Beach

Published: Friday, April 13, 2012, 9:36 AM     by Michael Sedon

April 17, 2012
April 12, 2012

IN THE NEWS: STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE - City to restore yellow bus service to Staten Island 7th-, 8th-graders

Published: Tuesday, April 03, 2012, 6:00 AM By Jill Jorgensen

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  --  At the start of the school year, the fight for yellow bus service might have seemed hopeless.

On the first day of class in September -- two years after a variance allowing bus service for seventh- and eighth-graders was yanked, three months after a seventh-grader was killed walking to a city bus, and two months after a lawsuit to restore service was tossed out of court -- schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott told reporters at Susan Wagner High School it wasn't going to happen.

April 3, 2012

IN THE NEWS: STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE - City re-instates yellow bus service to Staten Island 7th-, 8th-graders

Published: Monday, April 02, 2012, 2:03 PM    

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After a three-year legal battle, the city will be re-instating yellow bus service for seventh- and eighth-grade students on Staten Island, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced today.

Walcott was joined by a host of borough officials as he made the announcement during an afternoon press conference at Laurie Intermediate School in New Springville.

Students who were eligible for the bus service prior to the city's decision to yank it will be eligible once again.

Walcott cited the city's newly-granted exemption from the "like circumstances" clause of the State Education Law as the city's reason for providing the service again.

April 2, 2012

IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance Editorial - Keep the pressure on

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:55 AM by Staten Island Advance Editorial

March 23, 2012

IN THE NEWS: NY1 - N.Y., N.J. Lawmakers Team Up To Try To Make Port Authority More Accountable

A coordinated effort is underway between lawmakers in Albany and Trenton, N.J. to impose greater accountability on the Port Authority, in response to toll hikes last summer and a recent audit of the agency. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.


Long before Port Authority toll raises were approved, there were concerns about cost overruns at the World Trade Center site, where the agency has made significant public investment.

March 20, 2012

IN THE NEWS: Schneiderman Prescription Drug Database Bill Gets Bipartisan Support - NY DAILY NEWS

Schneiderman Prescription Drug Database Bill Gets Bipartisan SupportBY Ken Lovett - NY PostJanuary 11, 2012 11:53 AM

January 12, 2012
November 22, 2011

IN THE NEWS: Toll of just two bucks and change urged for Staten Island's Port Authority spans

Published by the Staten Island Advance: Monday, November 14, 2011, 8:31 AMby Tom Wrobleski

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Borough lawmakers are looking to open a new front in the battle against the ramped-up tolls on the Port Authority's three bridges here, a bid that is being thrown down like a gauntlet to the Legislature and to Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie.

November 15, 2011
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